- Princess Milica of Serbia
Milica of Serbia
Милица од Србије
Fresco from the Ljubostinje monastery (1402–1405) Queen consort of Serbia Tenure ~1370–1389 Spouse Lazar of Serbia Issue Stefan Lazarević House House of Nemanjić Father Vratko Nemanjić Born 1335 Died November 11, 1405 Burial Ljubostinja Religion Serbian Orthodox
Princess Milica Hrebeljanović née Nemanjić (Serbian: Милица Хребељановић · ca. 1335 – November 11, 1405) also known as Empress (Tsaritsa) Milica, was a royal consort of Serbia, wife of the Serbian Prince Lazar and mother of despot Stefan Lazarević. She is the author of "A Mother's Prayer," a famously moving poem of mourning for her husband, and an equally touching work entitled "Who Is This?"
She was the daughter of Vratko Nemanjić (known in Serb epic poetry as Jug Bogdan), who as a great-grandson of Vukan Nemanjić was part of a minor branch of the House of Nemanjić. She was the 4th cousin once removed of Emperor Dušan of Serbia.
After the death of her husband at the Battle of Kosovo in 1389, she founded the Ljubostinja monastery around 1390 and later took monastic vows at her monastery and became the nun Jevgenija (Јевгенија, later abbess Jefrosina, Јефросина) around 1393.
In later diplomatic negotiations with Sultan Bayezid I, Jevgenija and Jefimija, the former Vasilissa of Serres, both travelled to the Sultan's court in 1398/99.
In 1403, Jevgenija went to see Sultan Suleiman I at Serres, arguing in favour of her son Stefan in a complicated dispute that had emerged between her two sons and Branković.
She was buried in Ljubostinja, her monastery. She was canonized by the Serbian Orthodox Church. Princess Milica was also a writer. She wrote several prayers and religious poems. Some historians[who?] think that her children Stefan Lazarević and Jelena Balšić received their literature education from her.
With Prince Lazar she had following sons:
- Dobrovoj, died after birth
- Despot Stefan Lazarević,
- Vuk Lazarević
and following daughters:
- Gospodarica Jelena Lazarević, wife of Serbian Lord Đurađ II Balšić
- Gospodarica Mara Lazarević, wife of Serbian Lord Vuk Branković
- Empress Dragana Lazarević, wife of Bulgarian Emperor Ivan Shishman
- Princess Teodora Lazarević
- Princess Olivera Lazarević 'Despina', the wife of Sultan Bayezid I.
- The geneaology and coats of arms of Serbian dynasties and feudals (Родословне таблице и грбови српских династија и властеле); editors Aleksa Ivić (1928), Dusan Spasić, Aleksandar Plavestra and Dusan Mrdjenović (1987); Bata, Belgrade, p. 20, 75. ISBN 86-7685-007-0 (1928), ISBN 86-7335-050-6 (1987). (Serbian)
House of Nemanjić Main ruling members Other ruling members Archbishops Minor membersVratislav Nemanjić · Vratko Nemanjić · Urošica · Dmitar Nemanjić · Stefan Vukanović · Radoslav Hlapenx · Vojihnax · Balša Ix Female membersJefimija · Komnena · Jelena Šubić · Jelisaveta · Anna Neda Shishman · Theodora · Milica · St. Jelena of Dečani Consorts
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